Denver, CO – The U.S. Marshals Service Colorado Violent Offender Task Force (COVOTF), with the assistance of the Louisville (CO) Police Department and Dept. of Homeland Security’s Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE), located and arrested a Texas (TX) homicide suspect earlier this afternoon. Fugitive Cory M. Kellett, 29, was apprehended on Friday, October 27, 2023, in Louisville, CO.
Kellett is wanted by the Houston, TX Police Department and the Harris County Sheriff’s Office on felony arrest warrants for murder as well as aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Those charges are in relation to a stabbing incident which occurred in front of a residence in the 8200 block of Garden Parks Drive in Houston on September 28, 2023. That incident left a 23-year-old male deceased, who was later identified as Kellett’s younger brother, Robert Payne Stewart.
The U.S. Marshals Service’s Southern District of Texas Gulf Coast Violent Offenders and Fugitive Task Force in Houston provided information they had obtained indicating Kellett may have fled to and be hiding in either the Denver metro or Boulder County, Colorado area. This information was relayed to the U.S. Marshals COVOTF in Denver, CO.
U.S. Marshals Service investigators, with the direct assistance of ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) Task Force Officers as well as the Louisville Police Department were able to locate and identify Kellett outside of a business near Main Street and Walnut Street in the downtown Louisville area. Kellett was transported by Louisville P.D. to the Boulder County Jail where he was booked on the outstanding arrest warrants. He is awaiting extradition back to Houston.
The arrest of this fugitive represents a culmination of extensive cooperative investigative efforts between the Houston Police Department, U.S. Marshals Gulf Coast Violent Offenders and Fugitive Task Force, U.S. Marshals Colorado Violent Offender Task Force, Louisville Police Department, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
The Colorado Violent Offender Task Force (COVOTF) is a multi-jurisdictional fugitive task force that targets the most violent offenders to include those wanted for murder, assault, sex offenses, and other serious offenses throughout the state and country. Nationally, the U.S. Marshals Service fugitive programs are carried out with local law enforcement in 94 district offices, 85 local fugitive task forces, eight regional task forces, as well as a growing network of offices in foreign countries.
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